Linguistics in Tanzania

Sandawe Project

  • A baobab tree in Usandawe
    A baobab tree in Usandawe

Sandawe is a fascinating language on both a phonological and a grammatical level. The phonemic inventory includes fifteen contrastive clicks and both oral and nasal vowels. At the grammatical level, Sandawe has a system of pronominal clitics agreeing with the subject of a clause, and several other types of agreement morphemes which interact with discourse features in interesting ways.


I have published several papers on the Sandawe language, including a phonology sketch and a grammar (see the Papers & Conferences section).


The Sandawe language project has produced written material, audio recordings and video, all of which can be accessed here.